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Ileosa Arabasti
Queen Ileosa Arabasti.
(Person)
Aliases Ileosa Arvanxi
Titles Queen of Korvosa
Alignment Lawful evil
Race/Species Devil-bonded Human (Chelaxian)
Class Aristocrat 2 / Bard 18
Gender Female
Homeland Korvosa, Varisia
formerly Cheliax
Organization House Arabasti (Formerly House Arvanxi)
Born 4687 AR
Died 4708 AR (age 30)
Images of Ileosa Arabasti

Source: Curse of the Crimson Throne, pg(s). 444

Queen Ileosa Arabasti (pronounced ihl-ee-OH-sah air-ah-BAS-tee)[1] was the most recent monarch of the Varisian city of Korvosa. She was killed when it was discovered that she was attempting to sacrifice her subjects in order to achieve immortality.[2][3]

Description

Ileosa is said to have been an exceptionally beautiful young woman with dark red hair, skin as white as porcelain, and a face that few mortals could equal.[4]

History

Queen Ileosa Arabasti in her throne room guarded by the Gray Maidens.

Early life

Ileosa Arbasti was born Ileosa Arvanxi to one of Cheliax's most powerful families in Westcrown. Instead of marrying a wealthy Chelish nobleman, as was expected of her, she rejected her family's authority and moved to Korvosa, scandalizing her family by the abandonment.[5] Having studied King Eodred Arabasti II for some time, she was quickly able to seduce him. After falling in love with the beautiful young girl, and a scandalously short courtship, he married her in 4704 AR.[4]

Queen Ileosa

She held much of the city in open contempt, and was accordingly not well-liked among the populace. After murdering her husband with the aid of the Red Mantis assassins, she proceeded to squash any opposition to her ascension, up to and including fostering a devastating Blood Veil epidemic, and cutting off Old Korvosa from the mainland. Much of her ascension can be attributed to the power she drew from the Fangs of Kazavon, a relic she found in the ruins beneath Castle Korvosa.[4]

Discovering the Fangs

Before her discovery of the Fangs, Ileosa was an ambitious young women who was willing to do almost anything to get what she wanted. Despite this utter ruthlessness, however, she lacked a brilliant mind to devise clever plots, and the courage to see them through. All of this changed after her discovery of the Fangs of Kazavon in late 4707 or early 4708 AR.

After stealing the keys to Castle Korvosa's treasury from the Seneschal Neolandus Kalepopolis, she discovered a secret room. Not able to read the Shoanti rules of warning, she opened an old stone coffer containing the partial remains of the dread wyrm Kazavon. Its spirit quickly fused with that of the young queen, changing her forever. It destroyed any lingering cowardice in her, turning her into something wholly calculating and evil.[4]

Consolidating power

The Gray Maidens protect their queen.

Guided by the dead dragon's spirit, Queen Ileosa quickly put new plans into motion in an effort to gather all of Korvosa's power to herself. Her first obstacle was her husband, King Eodred. Despite her most fervent wishes, the old man was still in good health, and showed no signs of wanting to divest himself of power. Ileosa contacted the Red Mantis assassins, but was rebuffed due to their policy of not targeting legitimate heads of state.[4]

Undeterred by this setback, the Queen instead focused her attention on a figure near the king whom she thought she could get to do her dirty work: his half-brother Venster. Hidden away in a tower of Castle Korvosa because of his parentage, Venster was deeply jealous of the king, but occasionally would play cards with him. Ileosa sought him out and quickly seduced him. From there it was easy enough to turn him against the king.

Following the seduction, Ileosa procured a special poison from her Red Mantis contacts who, although unwilling to actually murder a monarch themselves, were happy to help someone else to do it. This poison administered over time created the appearance of a severe and incurable form of leprosy, which eventually killed King Eodred in 4708 AR.[4]

Legacy

Korvosa prepares an effigy of Ileosa Arabasti for the Crimson Festival.

Since Ileosa left behind no heirs, she was succeeded by Cressida Kroft after her death. On the anniversary of Ileosa's defeat, the people of Korvosa celebrate the Crimson Festival, a week-long celebration of the liberation of the city from a tyrannical queen and a dark time. The heroes who defeated her are depicted in various souvenirs for sale in the numerous festival stalls, while wooden effigies of Ileosa are raised and burnt each night; until then, passers-by are encouraged to hurl insults and rotten fruit at the effigy so the local house drakes can eat them and then defecate on the statue.[6][7]

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